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Salem, Oregon 97301

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ARCH 355 Archaeology Field School

This four- to six-week summer archaeology field school provides intensive, on-site training in archaeological methods and techniques in conjunction with the Sangro Valley Project, a joint archaeological project of Willamette University, Oberlin College and Oxford University ( in the Samnite/Roman region of the middle Sangro Valley in the Abruzzo, Italy.  The excavation emphasizes a holistic environmental approach to archaeological inquiry.  As such, in addition to daily instruction on excavation theory, technique and recovery, course lectures and fieldwork will emphasize a variety of topics including topographical survey techniques, stratigraphy, ceramic typology, geomorphology, and paleobotany.  Visits to regional archaeological sites and museums will provide a broader cultural and historical background of the Abruzzo.

  • Offered: Mid-June to Mid-August
  • Instructor: Pike